Painting a vinyl tarp


Old 01-23-09, 11:14 AM
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Painting a vinyl tarp

I need to paint a vinyl tarp that will cover a gym floor, similar to these:

Winter Guard Floors | Winter Guard Covers | Winter Guard Tarp

I spoke with the people at electratarp (where I bought), and they use an ink which is too expensive. Most that are involved in this activity use latex paint, but there is no consensus as to which is best. Some recommend the ultra expensive (Muralo Ultra Waterborne Satin Acrylic Latex Enamel) and others swear that the cheapest Wal-Mart paint is the best, saying the additives in the expensive stuff will make it peel or chip.

I need great adherence to the vinyl, but also great flexibility, as it will be folded up to store it twice per week. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-24-09, 07:04 AM
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IMO painting a tarp isn't a good idea - the paint will fail sooner or later

That said, a thin coat of exterior latex will work the best. Solvent based coatings aren't flexable and would likely pop off in short order. The thicker the coat of latex is, the less flexability it will have.
Old 01-24-09, 09:15 AM
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I agree with Mark.
You really can't paint vinyl.
I use a vinyl tarp as a cover for painting and shake it before use to remove all the paint flakes.

The auto industry actually paints vinyl by using a special vinyl primer and although it adheres quite well it will still crack if over flexed.
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The link provided indicates those gym floor covers are "reinforced vinyl laminated polyester." If one could find vinyl sheeting large enough to cover the gym floor and in one of the school colors, you get get a local sign shop to make the school medallion. The sign shops use peel and stick vinyl for lettering.

I did find the following: How to Paint a Winter Guard Floor |

The following was a creative option, but note that the paint came off on socks. - How to Construct a Floor from Recycled Billboards!
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